Saturdays, 2-4pm: May 16th, 23rd, and 30th
This is a unique approach to stress, using basic martial art principles to learn how to deal with the impact, whether physical or emotional.
In this series, you will learn ancient practices and principles rooted in martial arts to understand the causes of stress and mindful ways to address it, work with it, and even use it to your benefit. No experience necessary. All movement, whether sitting or standing, will be gentle and simple, appropriate for all levels.
SESSION ONE: On the Path of Mindfulness
Our life cannot exist without constant stress. We only live and function because of the constant interaction of opposite forces.This first session is a lecture about what stress really is and about the origins of stress. We will be talking about justifiable and non-justifiable stress. Using mindful martial art techniques as examples, we will turn the mystery of emotional stress into a tangible, easy- to-grasp physical form. By using diagrams and demonstration, we will discuss using some of the most common martial arts concepts in every day communication with people.
SESSION TWO: Mindful Movements
This session is about using special Qigong (Chi Kung), moving meditation, breathing and visualization techniques to learn how to avoid unnecessary stress in life. There is a very strong bi-directional connection between our thoughts and physical movements. By going through the series of unique, simple and powerful movements, we learn to develop flexibility of our thoughts, and eventually become less susceptible to the common stressors. This class involves standing, slow-paced moving meditation and Qigong.
SESSION THREE: Emotional Involvement
There are several meditation techniques used in martial arts. Some of them may be even found in contemporary neurolinguistic programming (NLP). In this class, we will talk about mechanism of stress, our brain's involvement, and strategies to go around the stress. We will learn a series of ancient Taoist techniques used by warriors to keep themselves calm. We will also discuss the meditation and visualization techniques you can use in everyday life to erase unpleasant memories and avoid unnecessary emotional tension. This class is a combination of lecture and some sitting and standing exercises.
$99 for nonmembers; $74.25 for members. Single class: $35. To register, call 480.207.6016 or visit http://amindfulnesslifecenter.com/workshops
Born in Russia, Eugene Sukorukov has studied throughout the world with masters in various mindfulness practices. He's been practicing martial arts, yoga and various forms of qigong and meditation for about 30 years. He also leads Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies, plays the zen meditation flute, and produces filmed interviews of various healers and teachers and promotes them through a network he calls Healthy Positive Lifestyle. To learn more, visit healthypositivelifestyle.com/